"We're going to have to see what happens," Trump, a Republican, told reporters at the White House when asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer.
The president has sought repeatedly to cast doubt, preemptively, on the legitimacy of the election because of his concerns about mail-in voting, which Democrats have encouraged during the pandemic.
DONALD TRUMP: All right. Go ahead. [INAUDIBLE].
- Right here? Mr. President, real quickly-- win, lose, or draw in this election, will you commit here today for a peaceful transferal of power after the election? There has been rioting a little. There's been rioting in many cities across this country, red and-- your so-called red and blue states. Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferal of power after the election?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, we're going to have to see what happens. You know that. I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster.
- I understand that. But people are rioting. Do you commit to making sure that there's a peaceful transferal of power?
DONALD TRUMP: I know that. We want to-- we want to have-- get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very transfer-- we'll have a very peaceful-- there won't be a transfer, frankly. There'll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it.
- I don't know that.
DONALD TRUMP: And you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else. Go ahead.
- Mr. President, the second question is, will you--
DONALD TRUMP: Please go ahead first. Go ahead.
- Why won't you--
DONALD TRUMP: You asked a question. Go first.
- Why won't you go after the Russians?
- Mr. President, do you plan to--